Apple Valley native outplays Langenbrunner for golf crownBefore the start of the 79th annual Cloquet Invitational this past weekend, tournament director Matt Carlson said the Cloquet Country Club’s course was in great shape.
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
Before the start of the 79th annual Cloquet Invitational this past weekend, tournament director Matt Carlson said the Cloquet Country Club’s course was in great shape.
Well, the golf played on it was even better.
“It was the deepest field we’ve ever had,” said Carlson about the three-day event. “It was an exciting weekend of golf out here.”
There was even a first-time champion crowned.
Playing in his seventh Cloquet Invite, 41-year-old Apple Valley, Minn., native Brent Lexvold outslugged the competition on Sunday with his 3-over-par 74.
Entering the final day of action, Lexvold was tied atop the leader board with three others: Shane Johnson, Steve Gault and defending champion and hometown favorite Jamie Langenbrunner.
Four others sat just a shot back of the leaders as well.
“It was crazy,” recalled Carlson, known as “MC” around the CCC. “It was nice to see such a cool mix of guys in it at the end.”
In the end it came down the Lexvold and Langenbrunner.
The two battled each other throughout the afternoon, until a pair of sixes for Langenbrunner on the back nine bedeviled the NHL and Olympic star.
While the New Jersey Devils right winger drove his ball out of bounds and took a triple-bogey on the par-3 15th hole, Lexvold parred and gained the lead by a pair of strokes.
The rest was history.
Lexvold then parred then next two holes, before birdying the par-3 18th with a 10-footer to clinch the title, finishing with a three-day, 54-total with a 13-over par 226.
Langenbrunner knew he let it slip away.
“I made a few mistakes that cost me,” Langenbrunner told the Duluth News Tribune afterwards. His 76 Sunday pushed his total to a 228, good for a second place tie with Scott Anderson.
“He played well and was right in there until the end,” recalled Carlson who listened to Langenbrunner’s performance on the radio back at the clubhouse posting scores. “Those mistakes hurt him and made it really tough to come back.”
Nonetheless, the weekend was a memorable one.
“I definitely enjoyed Sunday night,” laughed Carlson, who was on his feet all weekend posting scores, tee times and holding down ship. “It was go, go, go all of the time but it was a lot of fun.”